Saturday, October 10, 2015

AGU Travel Grants for Early Career Permafrost Researchers

The U.S. Permafrost Association will be awarding up to eight travel grants between $500-$1000 for U.S. based students and post-graduate researchers (within six years of their terminal degree) to attend the American Geophysical Union Fall Meeting 2015. The applicant must be first author on a permafrost-related research presentation at AGU. Preference will be given to an applicant who possesses both USPA and PYRN memberships. Two of the grants are reserved for engineering disciplines. Undergraduate students are encouraged to apply.

The application can be found at The application is due October 30th 2015 at midnight Pacific Standard Time.

Monday, October 5, 2015

IASC Fellowship Program 2016

Dear Colleagues,
The International Arctic Science Committee (IASC), in cooperation with the Association of Polar Early Career Scientists (APECS), invites Early Career Scientists (ECS) to apply for the IASC Fellowship Program 2016.
The IASC Fellowship Program is meant to engage ECS in the work of the IASC Working Groups (WGs): Atmosphere, Cryosphere, Marine, Social & Human and Terrestrial. Each year, one Fellow per WG is chosen. IASC Fellows are doctoral or postdoctoral researchers who actively participate in selected activities of the IASC WGs. They are expected to scientifically contribute but also to help organizing specific activities and to coordinate the reporting to the IASC Secretariat. Thus, the Fellowship Program provides the opportunity for ECSs to become involved in leading-edge scientific activities at a circumarctic and international level, to build an international network of contacts and also to develop management skills.
The total duration of the IASC Fellowship Program is 1+2 years. In their first year, selected Fellows will receive travel support to attend two consecutive Arctic Science Summit Weeks (ASSWs) where the annual WG meetings are held. After the first year, Fellows have the opportunity to stay involved for up to 2 more years without dedicated funding support from IASC and the further involvement is individually decided by the WG Steering Group and the Fellow.
For more information please see or contact the IASC Fellowship Coordinator Maja Lisowska:
For this round of applications, interested ECSs have to fulfill the following criteria:
PhD student/candidate or postdoctoral researcher (up to 5 years past the PhD)
  • able to commit to participating in the activities of one of the IASC WGs for at least 12 months from March 2016 to April 2017.
  • able to attend the two upcoming ASSWs: 12–18 March 2016 in Fairbanks (Alaska, USA) and 31 March -7 April 2017 in Prague (Czech Republic)
  • located in an IASC member country (Austria, Canada, China, Czech Republic, Denmark / Greenland, Finland, France, Germany, Iceland, India, Italy, Japan, The Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Russia, Republic of Korea, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, United Kingdom, USA)
  • have a very good command of English
How to apply:
If you are interested in this amazing opportunity then please send us:
  • A full CV
  • A statement of interest including:
  1. your research background
  2. why you are interested in becoming an IASC Fellow
  3. which IASC WG you would like to join and why you are interested in that particular WG
Please send your application to no later than 12 GMT on 15 November 2015. Successful applicants will be notified before the end of the year.
Dr. Volker Rachold

Executive Secretary
International Arctic Science Committee (IASC)

Geoscience Workforce and the Future of Undergraduate Education: Free AGU/AGI Heads and Chairs Webinar

Dear Colleagues,
The AGU Heads and Chairs program and the American Geosciences Institute is please to be offering a free webinar on Geoscience Workforce and the Future of Undergraduate Education. Leading this month's webinar is Sharon Mosher, Dean of the Jackson School of Geosciences at the University of Texas at Austin.  She will be discussing the results of the Geoscience Employers Workshop, including survey results on skills and competencies.  This month's webinar is a perfect follow-on from last month's discussion about competencies approaches in building a robust geoscience workforce.
Please consider registering yourself or invite any of your faculty or colleagues who are interested in learning more about this topic.
We invite you to join us on Friday, October 9, 2015  from 1:00 P.M. - 2:00 P.M. EDT.
Register for free for the webinar at:
To view recordings of past AGU/AGI Heads and Chairs webinars, please visit:
Even if you can not make the webinar, but want to be informed about the recording, please register and we will notify you as soon as the recording is available.
Best wishes,

Pranoti Asher (AGU) and Christopher Keane (AGI)